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Feb 28, 2013 1:00am EST
laws. in fact, the u.s. attorney's office for the northern district of illinois, only 25 federal firearms cases were brought to that office in 2011. only 1% of the people, 62 out of over 4000 were denied guns based on background checks are prosecuted for illegally attempting to acquire firearms. that is too low of a rate. see what can be done by enforcing the law on the books before enforcing new ones. we will legislate in an area that deals with the issue of reporting to the database for the people who are not in there now. make sure that we deal with the mental health issues that are involved with the tragedies that we are talking about today and a lot of other tragedies that have happened. thank you. >> thank you, senator. will the witnesses please stand? affirm the oath as i complete the reading. do you affirm that the testimony you are about to give before the committee will be the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth so help you god? >> i do. >> thank you. i will introduce the two witnesses from this panel. the first is john walsh, u.s. attorney. he has served
Feb 27, 2013 8:00pm EST
of the proudest times in my years in the u.s. senate is when a former vietnam friend spent a little time. . i was proud of the g.i. bill because we were able to get to world war ii veterans, jim webb and chuck hagel, we got together and we got the boat and passed the bill. that is the way things should work or this country. the objective was not to get jim webb or chuck hagel any credit. the inductive was to do something for the country, -- the objective was to do something for the country on the do something for the people. this kind of attention, this kind of recognition -- much of my life has been about doing everything i can in some way to help veterans and their families, whether it was a program or whatever it was. i'm proud of that. i'm more proud of that than anything else i have been involved in. i'm proud of my background and my career, like all of you are. nothing makes me prouder or has ever made me prouder. to each of you in this room, as of you who are watching this around the world, i say to you, thank you. thank you to you for your service and sacrifices. i will do everything
Feb 20, 2013 8:00pm EST
government in massachusetts. nearly 30 years as a u.s. senator. the only committee that he served on from the day he became a senator, until its last day in the center of the foreign relations committee. he grew up with a father in the foreign service. it is a family calling. i will count it as a joy but as a bittersweet sadness that my service in the senate, i got to serve with him on the foreign relations committee for one week. [laughter] i am the junior senator on that committee. i sit far out on the wing on that committee. it was the first committee vote i cast was to confirm him as the new secretary. senator, you are coming to a place that believes deeply in the values that you share, as robert mentioned. president jefferson strongly believed in the connection of this wonderful exemplary nations to a world community. we have been a global leader. i always like to think about the global leadership that tries to balance military strength. secretary kerry knows the importance and limits of that spirit diplomatic strength, the strength of our economy, the strength of our moral example,
Feb 21, 2013 8:00pm EST
policy has been funded by the u.s. department of education, the nih and the gates foundation among many others. his current research involves evaluating the tax credit scholarship program, the largest school voucher program in the united states. conducting a large-scale study of school accountability in florida and following children from birth through school career to study keep questions regarding early childhood poverty analysts inequality. prior to joining the faculty at northwestern in 2008, david figlio taught at the university of florida from 1998-2008, and the university of oregon from 1995-1998. help me welcome david, please. [applause] >> thank you all for coming out tonight. it is a real pleasure to be year of the university of florida. as gail mentioned, i spent 10 years on the faculty here and still am always thinking about reasons to come back here. it is fabulous to look out of the audience tonight and see not only colleagues from the university but friends from the community who i grew to know and love over the years. so, it is especially wonderful to be back here in gai
Feb 12, 2013 10:30pm EST
or so. we're taking your calls to hear your thoughts. we're looking at a shot of the u.s. capitol building. we're following tweets and looking at the #sotu. howard on the democrats line. caller: my thoughts is like the republicans have always done what they always done. they always try to put us into the whole concept is like, you know, it is the middle class. in this country that we have forgotten there is three different classes of people. they try to make us believe there is the rich, the middle class, and then that was it. but there is still -- it is the middle class then there is the poor. those ones who make below the minimum wage freeway for state to state that -- from state to state. my concept is with them is, any time you can talk to the president -- the president and you have not come to a conclusion with him and agree with him on anything to give him any kind of concept is two things. it is like this. why is it when you become an average citizen to take office -- as you get into an office where a senate or congressman where that next thing we know that you are making m
Feb 21, 2013 1:00am EST
more earlier. 15 months ago the secretary sent a letter to the u.s. congress saying that the effects of sequestration would be devastating. that was october 2011. after that we testified in august and again in september, we listed every single major item we're talking about. we said that there would be cutbacks in readiness and a unit buys would go down with unit costs growing up. what we did not do was detailed budget planning. i do not regret that. if we did it 60 months ago, we would have been wrong. we would not know that congress would have changed the size and the date and we would not have incurred the degradation route. we sounded the alarm in every way that we could. >> what kind of contract are you having with the white house? -- contact are you having with the white house? are you trying to offer up any solutions? sequestration confined to savings hear, hear, and here? what other things would you be doing right now? >> talking to my wife. [laughter] let the answer the first question. i do not think i am of best person that answer. we were very interested in a closely monit
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